Allen G. Cadreau, CEO of Indian Energy (right), shakes the hand of U.S. Army Major General Christopher Donahue (left). (Courtesy Indian Energy)
Without a storage solution, 100% renewable energy penetration is not possible. Indian Energy, LLC holds the final key to unlocking renewables and permanently evading the blackouts and brownouts that California is currently facing due to fires, a changing energy mix and climate change.
That solution is non-lithium ion, long-duration energy storage. Indian Energy has been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop an energy storage Integration and Certification Unit (VICU), located on the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay lands.
“The insight of the CEC to accelerate energy storage is visionary and Indian Country is honored to play a critical role in demonstrating the value of long-duration, utility-scale energy storage. Due to the state’s current firestorms, historical record-breaking heat and the incredible stress being put upon the state’s local and regional grids, this need for energy storage has proven to be most opportune. This timely effort and vision could not be more prevalent as seen by the regional outages and ever-increasing rolling brownouts,” said Allen G. Cadreau, CEO of Indian Energy and a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
A 100% Native American-owned utility-scale and microgrid development and systems integration firm, Indian Energy, along with strategic partners Webcor and KE Storage Corporation (KESC), will develop the VICU, which will demonstrate the long duration energy storage capabilities of (KESC) NextGenTM flywheel technology. The project will also incorporate 150kW of Solar PV and provide grid support and resiliency to the Tribe’s Emergency Medical Services facility.
This project has a broad base of support from both government and industry leadership.
“We are excited to partner with Indian Energy on the VICU demonstration project. While showing the environmentally sound merits of non-lithium based energy storage, this project will also provide resiliency to a key medical facility on our lands. This project will lay the foundation for a true energy sovereign solution for our tribal members and businesses,” said John Christman, Chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
Indian Energy also recently executed a construction management contract with Webcor to assist the Company with this and other projects the company has been awarded.
“We are excited about this progress within the energy storage and microgrid space and are standing beside Indian Energy, ready to assist them, and The Viejas People, realize their energy goals,” said Mike Firenze, Director of Federal Programs at Webcor. “Webcor has long been recognized for our team’s unparalleled work in advancing the practices of sustainability in construction, and as such makes us uniquely prepared to aid in combating the current plight facing California and these initial, crucial steps in renewable energy represent our progress to date in a big way.”
Indian Energy, LLC, founded in 2009, is committed to a lifelong mission: empower Tribal communities with the technical support to own and operate their own energy infrastructure to serve their own citizens. The firm also sells power to military installations and off-reservation communities. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, Community Choice Aggregators and Tribal Utility Authorities. A certified Small Business Enterprise and a Minority-owned Business Enterprise, Indian Energy counts domestic offices in Anaheim Hills and San Diego, California, and internationally in Baja Norte California, Mexico. The Company has 4GW of Solar PV and Wind, and 6GWh of energy storage under development. More information is available on the Indian Energy website.